Right-handed Indian batsman and occasional right-arm off-break bowler Hanuma Vihari said he learnt many things from Virat Kohli‘s preparation and work ethic for the game.
He was a member of the India Under-19 cricket team that won the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Australia. Hanuma Vihari made his Test debut for India in September 2018 against England.
During an Instagram chat on the show ‘Homerun with AV,’ he said, “The best part of Kohli’s game is his preparation. I have learnt that from him. His work ethic is also amazing.”
While asked about dropping him from the squad for the home matches as he was regular for abroad matches, he said, “I am ready to do anything for my team. I always tried to score runs, dig deep and play long innings whenever I play abroad. I always try to do my best so that team can’t drop me.”
Hanuma Vihari is called as a test specialist. Therefore he said that he cannot change perception. He knows he has it in him to be an all-format batter. “See I can’t change what people think about you. I have to score runs consistently and those are the thoughts that come to my mind.
“I believe I have the ability to play all formats. So that’s good enough for me, this knowledge. Once I get right the opportunity, I can do it.”
Hanuma Vihari on being unsold in the IPL auction
A year after he was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2 crore, Vihari, who had kept his base price at Rs 50 lakh, found himself in the unsold bracket of the Indian Premier League auctions.
“I realised that when things are not in your control, you can’t do much about it. No regrets. I am not gutted about IPL (snub). My focus always was on Tests from an early age and I am happy I could achieve whatever I did,” he said.
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